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Bear Creek Primitive Baptist 

Spring and Fall Sessions 

ELDER W.C.EDWARDS, Moderator, Wingate,N.C. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treas., Peachland, N. C. 




Bear Creek Primitive Baptist 


Spring and Fall Sessions 

ELDER W.C.EDWARDS, Moderator, Wlngate,N.C. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treas., Peachland, N. C. 

Thirty-sixth Spring Session held with the church at 
Running Greek, Stanly county, N. C. on Saturday be- 
fore first Sunday in in May 1920. Also of the Eighty- 
Ninth Annual or Fall Session held with the church at 
High Hill, Union County, N. C, on Saturday before first 
Sunday in October 1920. 







Running Creek, Stanly County, N. C. 

May 1, 1920. 

Assembled around the stand in the grove at 11 o'- 
clock A. M. Introductory sermon jreached by Elder W. 
C. Edwards. Text 6th verse of 9th chapter Isaiah. 

Intermission one hour. 

Then ministers and messengers present convened in the 
house. Song and prayer service conducted by Elder M. 
L. Riner, a visiting minister from Georgia. Elder Mills, 
the moderator, then resumed the chair and proceeded in 
usual order. 

1. Called for the letters from the several sister church- 
es, lliese were handed in and read by Brother H. M. 
Baucom, the reading Clerk. 

2. Elected Elder J. F. MillsModerator, and Elder W. 
C. Edwards assistant or vice moderator, and re elected 
J. W. Jones Clerk. 

3. Invited messengers from Sister associations to 
seats. None present. 

4. Invited visitins: brothers from Sister associations to 
seats. Elder Sam McMillon, of Abbotts Creek, Elder J. 
E. Adams, of Little River, Elder J. R. Wilson, of Dan- 
ville, Va., and Elders M. L. Riner and C. A. McCorkle, 
of Georgia, were present, welcomed and seated. 

5. Appointed the following brethren on arrange- 
ment committee, to report ]^4onHay morning to wit: 

Elders W. C. Edwards. H. M. Wilhams, Brother H. 
M. Bnucom, with Moderator and Clerk. 

6 That several churches sent up complaint against El- 
der T. M. Standly in his disorder, and as most of his 
churches failed to represent as usual by letter and messen- 
f>ers, and the complaints constitute non-fellowship; there- 
fore, the letters of complaint were referred to arrange- 
ment committee to investigate and report their findings 
Mondav morning. 

7. That Elders T, E. Adams, M. L. Riner, Samuel 
McMillon and J. R. Wilson preach at the stand to- 



Service to commence at 10 o'clock, A. M. 

8. Adjournment to 9 :30 Monday morning. Benedic- 
tion by the moderator. 


Service commenced at time appointed. Preachin«j 
first by Elder J. E. Adams — Text, 6th and 7th verses of 
12th chapter of Revelations; second bv Elder M. L. Ri- 
ner — text, "The Lord established His Church upon the 
top of the Mountain." 

Intermission, one hour at noon. 

Third sermon preached by Elder Sam McMillon — 
Text, ^th verse of 9th chapter of Matthew. Closed bv El- 
der J. R. Wilson, — Text 34th and 35th verses of 4th 
chapter of Daniel. 

The preaching was in power and demonstration of the 
holy Spirit. 


Convened in the house pursuant to adjournment. 
Praise and prayer conducted by Elder J. R. Wilson. 
Then the moderator resumed the chair and proceeded. 

9. Called on arran(j;ement committee to report. Re- 
port read and adopted. 

10. Called roll of messengers, noted absentees an^i 
read Rules of Decorum. 

11. That after the best possible investio-ption of the 
reports and complaints of disorder against Elder T. M. 
Standly, and since he has refused to lay down his "-ift, af- 
ter being: repeatedly advised to do so, by several breth- 
ren at different ^nnes, but still persists in pursuing a course 
that has certainly caused dissension, confusion and divi- 
sions in several of our sister churches; therefore, the as- 
sociation declares non-fellowship for him in such dis- 

12. That Elder B. L. Treece and the other messen- 
gers from Mountain Creek named in their letter be seat- 
ed and recognized as the church at Mountain Creek. 

13. Called on corresponding?; messengers to sister as- 
s;)C!ntinTis to report. Brother J. F. Burrus reported that 
he and brother J. W. Jones attended the Salem associa.- 


tlon as appointed and were received and had good meet- 
ing. Also Elder H. M. Williams attended Salem. Eider 
W. C. Edwards attended the Mill Branch association and 
was received. At this session we received and distributed 
minutes from Senter, Abbott's Creek, and Salem associa- 

14. Called on messengers from sister, associations to re- 
port. None present. We had as visitors, besides the 
ministers before mentioned, Brothers T. H. Bentley, r^" 
Silver Creek; T. J. Greer, of Salem; H. E. Walser, Pi::k 
Br();i(]awav and C. B. Owen, of Abbott's Creek. 

15. Called on Presbyteries to report. Elder Vv^". C. 
Edwards reporteci that himself and Elders J. F. Mills 
and Henry Tavlor fofmed a Presbytery on Friday be tore 
4th Sunday in October, 1919, at High Hill church, and 
ordained brother D. S. Tones to the work of the ministry. 

16. That we return thanks to God, and the brethren, 
^sisters and good friends of the community for their kind- 
ness and hospitality during this meeting. 

17. Adjourned in order to time and place mentioned 
in our last minute. Benediction by the Moderator. 

Elders J. E, Adams and J. R. Wilson preached at the 
stand ^\'hile the association was in session in the hoi sc. 

ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator, . * 
ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Vice Moderator, 

T. W. JONES, Clerk. 



Albemarle — N/ot represented. 
Bear Creek — Not represented. 
Bethany — Represented by letter. 

Brooms Grove— Elder H. M. Williams, E. S, Huneyeutt*, J. J, 

Concord— Elder W. R. Helms, J. F. Burnis, M. A. Helms, 
Clarks Grove— E. Barbee, S. B. Tucker, R. M. Hatley. 
Crooked Creek— W, D. Benton, D. A. Simpson, H. E. Rowell. 
Flat Lake— C R. McLendon, D. P. Dunn. 
Freedom— Not represented. 

High Hill— J. J. Hill. W. M. Clontze, C. A. He^ms. 

Hifth Ridft-e— Elder W. C. Edwards. John Smith, J. P. Rushing-. 

Howards Chanel- P. A. Howard, M, F. Coble. R. B. Burrus. 

Ger-usalem — W. H. Curlee, T. F. Mills, Sandv Brewer. 

Jones Hill — Henry Howard. Jonah Morton. Walter Greene. 

Liberty— Elder H. Taylor, J. B. Whitley, Edmond Privitt*. 

Liberty Hill— Not represented. 

Lawyers Springs — J. W. Jones, C. B. Edwards, H. M. Bauconi, 
Meadow Creek — Not represented. 

Mountain Creek— Elder B. L. Treece, J. C. Miller, W. R. Morton, 
New Zion — W. A. Helms. 

Pleasant Grove — E. Mullis, L. L. Griffin, Hiram Godwin. 
Pleasant Hill— J. M. Taylor, J. M. Hartsell, H. P. Cashion^ 
Philadelphia — Not represented. 

Running Creek— J. II. McClure, W. H. Hatley, J. D. Eurcy. 
Union Grove— T. A. McClellan, T. F. Hill. L. W. Medlin. 
Watson — W. A, Hargett, E. C. Williams, Troy Simpson. 
Absentees, marked thus (*). 


Bear Creek — A. J. Furr, Jason Endy, J. A. Barbee. 

Bethany — By letter and contribution. 

Brooms Grove — Elder H. M. Williams, E. S. Huneycutt. 

Concord — Elder W. R. Helms, J. F. Burrus, M. A. Helms, 

Clarks Grove— E. Barbee, S. B. Tucker. 

Crooked Creek— W. D. Benton, L. L. Little, H. E. Rowell 

Flat Lake— D. P. Dunn*. C. R. McLendon. 

Hig-h Hill— Elder D. S. Jones. J. J. Hill, W. M. Clontz. 

High Ridge— Elder W. C. Edwards, Dannie Thomns, J. T> Rushing. 

Howards ChapG^ — Thomas Howard, M. F. Coble, P. A. Howard. 

Jerusalem— W. H- Curlee, E. W. Helms, Fnlton Curloe. 

Jones Hill — Walter Greene, A. A. Morton, Jonah Morton. 

Liberty — Elder H. Tavlor, J. B. Whitley, Oscar Broom. 

Liberty Hill— J. T. Triscoe, J. C. Morton*. 

Lawyers Spnng — J. W. Jones, H. M. Baucom, W. A. Dry. 

Meadow Creek — H. A. Williams. 

Mountain C'-eek — Elder B. L. Treece, J. C. Mille WilTe Moi-ton. 
New Zion — W. A. Helms, Willie Coley. S M. Underwood". 
P'easant Grove— Elder J. F. Mills, A. M. Helms, E. Mullis. 
Pleasant Hill— E. J. Liles, J. M. Stamper*, J. M. Ha tsoll*. 
Philadelphia — F. N, Gardner, Julius Beam, Foster Beam. 
Runninp- Creek — J. D Hunevcutt, J. D. Enrey, R. F. Almond*. 
Union Grove- S. D. Outen. F. L. Baucom A. E. J W-\ 
Watson— Troy Simpson, W. A. Hargett, E. C. Williams. 
Absentees marked thus (*). 




High urn, Union County, N. C. 

October 2, 1920. 

Assembled at the stand in the grove at 1 1 A. M., and 
Introductory sermon delivered by Elder A. G. Morton^ 
from 21 St verse of first chapter of St Matthew. 

Intermission ont hour. 

Then convened in the house. Praise and prayer by 
Elder D. G. Staples, a visitor. Elder Mills then took the 
chair and proceeded in our usual order. 

1. Called for the letters from our several churches. 
These were handed in and read by brother H. M. Bau- 
com, reading clerk. 

2. Elected Elder Walter C. Edwards Moderator with 
Elder I- F. Mills vice moderator, and J. W. Jones 
Clerk. ' 

3. Invited visiting corresponding messengers from sis- 
ter associations to seats. Elder Sam McMillon present 
from Abbott^s Creek and seated; also Elder Gallemore. 
Elder J. A. Cave present from Senter and seated. Min- 
utes from Abbott's Creek, Mountain District and Silver 
Creek, W. A. Bentley, J. R. Moore, S. W. Young and 
T. H. Bentlev, of Silver Creek, present and seated, also 

brother B. F. Harrilson of Mill Branch. 

4. Invited visiting brethren from sister associations to 
scats. The following were pt-esent, welcomed and seat- 
ed : from Fisher's River. Elder J. W. Royal; from 
Chattanooga, Tenn., Elder R. O. Raulston; from Prince 
William Association, of South Carolina, Elder J. W. An- 
derson and brother J. T. Rivers; from Mayo Associa- 
tion, Elder D. G. Staples; from Abbott's Creek, Brothers 
S. D. McMillon and Pink Broadawav; from Salem, El- 
der A. G, Morton and Brother T. J. Greer; from Upper 

. Country Line, Elder O. J. Denny. 

5. Appointed on arranp-ement committee, Elder B. L. 
Treece and Brothers J. J. Hill and W. A. Helms, with 
moderator and clerk. 

6. Appointed on Finance committee, Brothers H. M. 
Baucom and P. A. Howard. 


7. By request of the association, the moderator and 
clerk acted as committee on preaching for Sunday and 
Monday. They selected for Sunday Elders R. O. Raul- 
ston, J. W. Anderson and O. J. Denny for forenoon, El- 
ders D. G. Staples and |. M. Royal afternoon. For Mon- 
day Elders J. A. Cave, W. R. Gallemore and Sam Mc- 

8. AdjornTied to 9:30 Monday morning. Benediction 
by Elder Mills. 


AssemhlvMl around the stand at 10 A, M., and preach- 
ing by irsiiiisters as arranged. First by Elder R. O. 
Raulslor,, from 21st verse of 5th chapter St John, follow- 
ed by Elder J. VV. Anderson, frf)r i 39th verse of second 
chapter of Acts, then foUov cd Elder O. ). Denny, irom 
last verse of 54th chapter o^' fsaian. 

Recessed one hv>ur for dinner. 

Then Elder D. C. Staples preached from ISth and 
19th verses of 1st chapter St. Peter, followed by Elder T- 
M. Royal, who started out by repeating this scripture, "it 
is bv the grace of God that I am what T am." 

There were present a vast concourse of people and the 
oreachin.o- was sound, well delivered and very soul cheer- 
ing. The behavior was so attentive and good that in 
clos;n;j the moderator thanked and complimented such 
commendable conduct by the congregation present. 


Reconvened pursuant to adjournment. Praise and 
prayer by lOder j. A. Cave, a visitor. 

9. Call'."] for report from arrangement committee, re- 
port read and adopted. 

10. Called r')ll of messengers, noted absentees and 
read rules of decorum. 

H. Called on corresDondino- messen'^ers to sister as- 
sociations to report. Elder W. R. Helms reported that 
himself and Elder H. M. Williams attended the Silvei 
Creek association and had good meeting. Elder Mills 
and others attended Abbott's Creek and were recei^/ed. 

12. Called on corresnonding messen^»-pro from sister 
associations to report. Brother J. R. Moore reported 


that peace abounded in Silver Creek. 

13. Called on Presbyteries to report. 

Elder W. R. I4elms reported that himself and sorne 
brother deacons formed a Presbytery at Bear Creek on 
Saturday before first Sunday in August 1920 and ordain- 
ed brother J. A. Barbee a deacon for that church. Also 
Elder B. L. Treece reported that himself and Elder W. 
R. Helms and some brother deacons formed a Presby- 
tery at Mountain Creek on 13th day of August 1920 and 
ordained brother J. C. Miller a deacon for that church, 
Then Elder J. F. Mills reported that himself and Elder 
iSam McMiilon formed a Presbytery at Watson, on Fri- 
day before second Sunday in August 1920 and ordained 
brother Troy Simpson a deacon for that church. 

14. That we open correspondence by sending minutes 
and messengers, when convenient, with the Nolachuckey 
Primitive Baptist Association of Tennessee, and continue 
correspondence as usual with other sister associations. 

15. That the brethren from Liberty Hill and Mead- 
ow Creek who are here with letters be and they are rec- 
ognized by this association as being the true and orderly 
body or church at Liberty Hill and Meadow Creek. 

16. We now withdraw from our roll of sister church- 
es, "Albemarle" and Freedom". 

17. The association orders the following published in 
these minutes : 

With regret, in our Spring Session last May, at Run- 
iiing Creek, this association found that Elder T. M. 
Standly had brought strife and division among a number 
of our churches and that his attitude and conduct toward 
those who disaQ;reed with him had been very stubborn,, 
over bearing and unbrotherly and that to such degree, as 
to destroy fellowship and peace. The Association then 
deemed him in gross disorder, and withdrew from h'm in 
such course. Since then he has continued his efforts 
to divide the Primitive Baptists of our Association into a 
separate party in his disorder, and since the churches in 
order who are members of this Union of churches have 
considered him and his followers, and become fully con- 
vinced of his and their ' disorder, and have sent 
in letters to this session declaring non-fellowship 


for him and his f(3]l()wers ; therefore the association 
now pronounces Elder Standly and his followers in dis- 
order and declares non-fellowship for them. 

18. The association advises our churches to receive 
and recognize the members of the divided churches, who 
desire fellowship or membership in our orderly churches, 
provided they were members in good standing in their 
church before disorder existed and that they give the 
^church satisfaction as to their conduct since that time. 

19. Called on Treasurer to report — Report showed 
$1.40 deficit after expenses and allowances were paid last 

20. Called on finance committee to report— Thev re- 
ported sent up this year for minutes and associational 

purposes __ __ __ __$107.35 

Due Treasurer from last year __ 1.40 

Available Fund 105.95 

Cjiven to ministers of this fund 49.00 

In Treasury at close of meeting __ __ 56.95 

21. That our next Spring Session be held with the 
church at Jones Hill, Stanly County, N. C. (near Oak- 
boro) commencing on Saturday before first Sunday in 
May 1921 and that Elder W. C. Edwards preach the In- 
troductory sermon, Elder Mills alternate. Service 1 1 A. 
M. and thnt the annual or Fall Session be held with the 
church at Philadelphia, Rutherford county, N. C. (near 
l\llenboro) and commence on Saturday before first Sun- 
day in October 1921 and that Elder B. L. Treece preach 
the Tntrod'ictory sermon — Elder Henry Taylor alter- 
nate. Service at 1 1 A. M. 

22. Appointed correspondents with Sis^-'^r Associa- 
tions as follows — To Abbotts Creek: Elder H. M. Wil- 
liams, brother J- F. Burrus and minutes. To Mill Branch : 
I^lders J- F. Mills, H. M. "^^^illiar^s nnd brotb^^-s '"nlvin 
Mills and T- F. Burrus and file of minutes. To Salem: 
Elder IF M. Williams, brother J. F. Burrus and minutes. 
To Senter : File of minutes. To Silver Creek : Elders W. 
R. Helms, H. M. Williams, Foster Beam, J. F. Burrus 
and minutes. To Mountain District: File of minutes. 


To Nolachuckey of Tennessee : File of minutes. 

23. That the clerk serve as treasurer and have 1000 
copies of these minutes printed and distributed and have 
ten dollars for his services. 

24. That we return thanks to God and Hig-h Hill 
church and all brethren, sisters and friends of this com- 
munity for their kindness and hospitality to us during this 

25. Adjourned in order to times and places abo\e 
mentioned in these minutes, after the following was read 
in open and approved and ordered printed. Short, but 
very feeling and appropriate prayer by the moderator. 

Elders J. W. Anderson, D. G. Staples and R. O, Raul- 
ston preached at the Saturday evening services and on 
Monday the preaching service at the stand was conducted 
by Elders J. A. Cave, W. R. Gallemore and Samuel Mc- 
Millon. This was a pleasant and good meeting, all in 
peace, union and Sweet Christian fellowship. 

ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator, 

Wingate, N. C. 

ELDER J. F. MILLS, Vice Moderator, 

Marshville, N. C. 

J. W. JONES, CLERK and Treasurer, 

Peachland, N. C, R. No. 2 







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$ 3.00 

Bethany __ 



Brooms Grove _ 











Clarks Grove 





Crooked Creek 





Flat Lake __ 



High Hill __ _ 





High Ridge 





Howards Chapel 




Terusalem __ __ 







Tones Hill 




Liberty _____ 






Liberty Hill __ 



Lawyers Spring 




Meadow Creek 



Mountain Creek 



New Zion __ 





Pleasant Grove 


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Pleasant Hill __ 

22| 3.00 

Philadelphia __ 


131 2.40 

Running Creek 

1 21 





1 4.00 

Union Grove __ 

1 21 1 




1 11.25 

Watson _____ 

1 1 





1 6.25 


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Bear Creek — J. A. Barbae, Route 1, Oakboro, N. C. 1st August 

Bethany — Miss Jane P. Jones, R. A, Wadesboro, N. C, 3rd Aue;u3t 
Brooms Grove — J. P. Huneycutt, Monroe, N. C, . . __ 4th Sept. 
Concord— M. A. He^ms, Chestnut St., Kanapolis, N. C. 1st Sept. 

Clarks Gxove— E. Barbee, Route 2, Stanfield, N. C. 2nd July 

Crooked Creek— H. E. Rowell, Route 1, Indian Trail, N. C. 3rd July 
Flat Lake— C. R. McLendon, Route 1, Mt Gilead, N. C. 
Hio-h Hill— D. S. Jones, Route 2, Monroe, N. C, __ 1st September 
High Ridge— J. B. Medlin, Route 1, Marshville, N. C, 3rd July 
Howards Chapel — J. A. Hinson, Aquadale, N. C, __ 1st September 
Jerusalem — T. F. Mills, Route 2, Marshville, N C. . . 2nd Augua^ 

Jones Hill— J. S. Little, Oakboro, N. C. 3rd September 

Liberty— J. B. Whitley, Monroe, N. C. 

Liberty Hill— 4th July 

Lawyers Spring — H. M, Bauccm, Peachland, N. C. 1st August 
Meadow Creek — H. A. Williams, R. 7, Salisbury, N. C, 3rd August 
Mountain Creek — B. L. Treece, Albemarle N. C., __ 4th September 
New Zion — A. W. Helms. Route 7, Concord, N. C. 2nd September 

Pleasant Grove — T. A. Helms, Marshville, N. C. 2nd July 

Pleasant Hill— H. P. Cashion, Route 2, Barber, N. C. 4th June 

Philadelphia — Foster Beam, Ellenboro, N. C. __ 4th August 
Running Creek— J. H. McQure, Route, Mt Pleasant, N. C. 2nd Aug. 
Union Grove — L N. Medlin, Route 2, Monnoe N. C. "^nd September 
Watson— S. L. Mullis, Route 2, Unionville, N. C, . . __- 4th May 

Elder J. F. Mills, Route 1, Marshville, N. C. 
Elder W. R. Helms, Mooresville, N. C. 
Elder H. M. Williams, Indian Trail, N. C. 
Elder W. C. Edwards, Wingate, N. C. 
Elder Henry Taylor, Monroe, N. C. 
Elder B. L. Treece, Albemarle, N. C. 
Elder D. S, Jones, Route 2, Monroe, N. C. 


Left in hands of Treasurer 56.95 


Sent up by the churches this year 
Deficit from last year 



Distributed to ministers 



Eor printing and mailing minutes __ $48.50 
Allowance for Clerk's servise __ 10.00 
']\)tal expense $58.50 

Due Clerk 




1st, A Moderator, of Chief Speaker, and Clerk way be 
chosen by the suffrages of the members present. 

2nd. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall take his 
seat at the hour to which the Association shall be ad- 
i ourned. and after prayer shall proceed to business. Tt 
jshall be his duty to keep order, and shall be entitled to the 
isame privilege of speech as that of another member; pro- 
yided, he appoint one of the members to fill the chair dur- 
ing the exercise of such privilege, and in no case shall give 
a vote unless the Association be equally divided. 

3rd. Only one member shall be allowed to speak at n 
time, who shall rise from his seat and address the Chief 
Speaker by the appellation of brother, and while speaking 
shall confine himself strictly to the subject in question, 
and shall not be interrupted unless he digress from the 
subject, and shall in no wise reflect on any other speaker, 
so as to make remarks on his slips and failings and imper- 
fection's, but shall fairly give his own views of the case 
wthout sophistry or criticism. 

4th. No person shall speak more than three times on 
one subject without leave of the Association. 

5th. No person shall absent himself from the Associa- 
tion without leave. 

6th. No member of the Association shall address any 
other member by any other term or name than that of 

7th. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall not in- 
terrupt one member to prohibit him from speaking until 
his speech is finished, except he break the Rules of Deco- 

8th. The names of all members of the Association 
shall be enrolled by the clerk, and be called over as often 
as the Association may require. 

9th. Any member who shall willingly and knowingly 
break or violate any of the foregoing rules of this Asso- 
ciation, shall be reproved by the Association in any way 
they may think proper. 



Article !. We beliex e in one only living and true Godv 
the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. 

Art. 2. We nelicve in the man Jesus being the first of 
all God's creation and the pattern of all God's perfection 
in nature, providence, grace and glory, and in relative un- 
ion with the divine word, and thus united with the whole 

Art. 3. We belicA'c that the Scriptures of the Old an.l 
New testaments contain the only written revealed word 
God, and are the only perfect rule of faith anci practice 
for God's church in her militant state while here on earth. 

Art. 4. We believe in the doctrine of Election^ that 
God chose his church in Christ Jesus before the world 

Art. 5. W^e believe in all mankind's apostacy by 
transgression in Adami, their federal head. 

Art. 6. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

Art. 7. We believe in the impotency of man to recov- 
er himself from his fallen state by his own free will and 

Art. 8. We believe that sinners are justified freely by 
o-race and before God by faith in Christ and his ris;hteous- 
ness only. 

Art. 9. We believe that God's elect or church shall be 
called, converted, regenerated and sanctified by the Holy 
Spi'-!t in due time. 

Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere in 
grace and never really fal^ awr"'. 

Art. 1 1. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Sup- 
per are ordinances of Christ's appointment and that be- 
lievers alone are the subjects of baptism and the only pro- 
per communicants of the supper; that the mode of bap- 
tism is immersion, dnd that neither of the ordinances is to 
he altered or changed by the inventions or opinions of 

Art. 12. We believe that no man as a minister has any 
right to the administration of any of the ordinances of the 
gospel except such ?is are sound in the faith of the gospel, 
re!,!:ularly baptised, called of God and have come under the 


Imposition of hands by a regular Presbytery. 

Art. 13. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, 
both the just and the unjust, and a general judgment. 
* Art. 14. We believe that the punishment of the wick- 
ed will be everlasting and the joys of the righteous eter- 

Form of Government (or Constitution) of 
the Bear Creek Primitive Baptise Asso. 

Which was adopted in the date of A. D. 1832, and has 
been in vogue ever since. 

1st. The Association shall be composed of members 
duly chosen by the different churches in our union and sent 
to represent them in the Association, who producing let- 
ters from their respective churches, certifying their ap- 
pointments, shall be entitled to a seat. 

2nd. In the letters from the different churches shall be 
expressed their members in full fellowship, those baptis- 
ed, received by letter, excommunicated, restored and dead 
since the last Association. 

3rd. The members thus chosen and convened shall be 
denominated the Bear Creek Association, who shall have 
no power to lord it over God's heritage, nor have any ec- 
clesiastical power to infringe on the internal rights of the 
church, nevertheless in some cases, it becomes necessary 
to have some uniform rule of proceeding, vis: When an 
offense may be CDmmitted by one church against another, 
we advise th^ church so offended to labor with the offen- 
der for snt-'^faction^ and if she fail of success, she may call 
in the aid of two or more churches in the union to assist in 
the labors, and, if finally, satisfaction in the opinion of the 
helps cannot be obtained, then the aggrieved church may 
l-rino- the case before the Association, whose duty it shall 
be to act on it; and also, when any serious difference may 
arise, in any individual church, which they all, after due 
labor had, cannot reconcile, we advise the church then to 
call in the aid of one or more churches in the union to as- 
sist in the work; and, if no satisfaction can be had, it may 
be brought before the Association, who shall act on it, 


and further to illustrate the mode of proceeding in the 
above cases, reference shall be had to the 18th chapter of 
the gospel of Matthew and other Scriptures, which re- 
spect discipline for the bringing to trial, and determining 
T'H the case of an individual member of an individual 
church, and the Association will take cognizance of no 
case of the kind unless the above proceeding be had there- 

4th. The Association wben convened shall be govern- 
ed by a regular and proper Decorum, which they are au- 
thorized to form for themselves. 

5th. The Association shall appoint a Chief Speaker, 
or Moderator, from among themselves for the time be- 
ing, whose duty it shall be to see that the Rules of Decor- 
um shall be attended to, to take the opinion of the Asso- 
ciation on all questions properly brought before themr 
nnd a Clerk shall be appointed by the Association, whose 
duty it shall be to take a correct minute of the proceed- 
inq^s of the Association, keep a regular file of the minute-s, 
who shall be at liberty to choose his assistant. 

6th. New churches may be admitted into this union 
who shall petition by letter and delegate, or delegates, on 
examination, if found orthodox and orderlv may be re- 
ceived and may be manifested by the Chief Speaker, or 
Moderator, giving the right hand of fellowship to the 
delegate, or delegates. 

7th- Every church shall be entitled to representation 
in the Association, but shall not have more than three 
members from a church. 

8th. Any query presented to the Association by any 
church in the union shall be read, on which the opinion of 
the Association shall be taken, whether it be considered, 
and if there be a maiority for taking it into consideration 
it shall be examined, otherwise it shall be withdrawn, 
nevertheless no query except such as relate to the gene:-al 
union, shall be received from any church which has not 
been deliberately considered in the church in which it 
originated and which they cannot get satisfaction. 

9th. Every motion made in order and seconded, shall 
come under the consideration of the Association unless it 


be withdrawn by the person who made it together with 
his second. 

10th The Association shall endeavor to furnish the 
churches with minutes of their proceedings, and in order 
to enable them to do it in the most conveiient manner, if- 
is recommended that the churches should contribute such 
sums of money as they think proper and send by their 
messengers which, when received, shall be put into the 
hands of the Treasurer appointed for that purpose, and 
'^hall be distributed as the Associatiori may direct for the 
benefit of the churches. 

11th. Presbyteries for the purpc^s^ of constitutin g 
cluirchcs or acting in conjunction with the churches, in or 
dainiiig ministers, or restoring those whose gifts ha\'e 
been, suspended by excommunication of their former func- 
tions, shall be composed of two or more ministers of the 

1 2th. The Association shall provide for the general 
union of the churches, preserve a chain of communication 
amf)ng them, give them ad\'ice in matters of difficuUies, 
enquire into the cause why any churches fail to represen*: 
them,selves in the Association, appropriate the money sent 
by the churches for the Associational fund to any purpose 
they may think proper or necessary for the benefit of tlie 
churches, and appoint any member or members of the As- 
sociation with his or their consent to transact any business 
f.)r the benefit of the union which they think proper. 

13th, The Association may withdraw from any church 
or churches that are disorderly in principle or practice. 

14th. The Association may, at its sittins:, admit any 
distant brethren, Vv^hose principles accord with tlieirs, to 
sit with thenl, vv'ho shall be at liberty to tliscoursc upon 
any question and give lioht, but not permitted to vote ex- 
cept touching the general union. 

15th. All questions should be determined by a major* 
tv of mem.bers present, except in the reception of 
churches, which should be unanimous. 

16th. Two-thirds of the members form a quorum to 
do business. 

I7th. Amendments may be made to this form of g()\'- 


ernment and to th'ls constitution— a majority of members 
being present. 

18th. The minutes of the Association may be read and 
corrected, if need be, and signed by the Chief Speaker 
i;:Kl Clerk. 

19th. The Association may adjourn to any time and 
place they may think proper.